Closer than last year

2011-02-22 00:00

ALTHOUGH Waterkloof won the second Standard Bank School’s Pro20 Tournament in their first appearance, they were not invincible after losing against King Edwards. Noordkaap, the other finalist, also lost against King Edward School (Kes). The latter, however, did not reach the final as they lost against Maritzburg College.

As is the case with T20 games, particularly as the winners from the six franchises were present, this was a tournament where any of the teams could win. Kes needed a win with a bonus point against College and instead faced a fired-up College on Sunday morning who had an outside chance of winning the pool if they got a bonus point.

Kes was heading for a massive total as they were on 83 for four after 10 overs. Their star batsman, Quinton de Kock, was out for 47 off 27 balls. College fought back and Kes were pegged down to 127 for five. For a bonus point they would have to restrict College to a score of less than 98. With nothing to lose, College raced to 127 for five in fewer than 16 overs to earn a victory with a bonus. Calvin Savage and Stefan Ungerer made 52 in 44 balls and 46 in just 23 balls, respectively, to knock Kes from the final.

On Saturday morning, the star batsman from Waterkloof, JP Kok, blew College from the final as Waterkloof reached a formidable 164 for two. Kok was in two major partnerships, 74 for the first wicket and 83 for the second wicket, as he made 75. Faced with scoring at eight an over, College had to go all out, but lost wickets regularly. They reached 123 for nine which enabled Waterkloof to win with a bonus.

In the afternoon, College came back well to beat Wynberg by four wickets. The latter were bowled out for 103, with Reagan Smith and Savage taking three wickets apiece. Daryn Dupavillon had been miserly, taking one wicket for seven in three overs.

Wynberg kept nibbling away at the wickets and it was Savage (26*) and Grant Glutz (25*) who took them to a win in the 17th over.

At the end of Sunday morning, Waterkloof headed pool A with six points, College had five and Kes had four. In pool B, Noordkaap had four points, Wynberg had two and Grey High School had failed to win a game.

Noordkaap thus faced Waterkloof in the final. Noordkaap elected to bat, posting a modest 127 for seven. Waterkloof started solidly and, with Kok again batting superbly making 74 in 62 balls, looked well in control. With Kok out in the 13th over, Waterkloof stuttered. With three balls remaining they still required 11 runs. Sean Phillips, who had done well with the ball in all of their games, showed big-match temperament, hitting a four and then a six off the last ball to tie the scores.

This brought in the super over to decide on the winner. Noordkaap were delighted to get Kok out for two but Waterkloof ended on 13 for one after the six balls. Jovaun van Wyngaart bowled superbly, restricting Noordkaap to three runs in the over to win the tournament and the R100 000 cheque.

This was even closer than last year’s match, when Maritzburg College lost by one run in the final against Menlo Park, also a Titan’s representative.

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